The Business and Society department combines three key areas: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship. What binds them together is their transversal character. They also share a well-established presence and a strong experience within Audencia as they have been developed within the School, both in education and research, for almost 20 years.
The challenge of this department is the future. Whether it is through commitment in sustainable development, the design of tomorrow's products and services, or building sustainable organizations and supply chains, we aim at contributing to a more sustainable future both for Business and Society.
The anchorage of this department is the present. We strive to understand present developments to build a desirable future that creates value for individuals, society and organizations.
Our belief is that change takes place at all three levels. It can be extraordinary and innovative but also ordinary and traditional.
Benjamin Le Pendeven
Chair Holder - Finance for Innovation
My research focuses on Social Impact Bonds as financial mechanisms for social innovationsand impact of gender bias on entrepreneurial finance decisions.
I believe that societal issues are going to become prevalent inmanagement research; and historical analyses are going to become importanttools to understand and deal with extant complexity of problems we face.
Head - CSR research Group
It is important that our research moves beyond solution-oriented approachesto study transformative societal change at the micro, meso and macro level.
In our various research on sustainability (sustainable sourcing and skills andcompetencies for sustainable and innovative purchasing) there is a focus onboth environmental and social sustainability.
I would go as far as to say CSR is not really a useful term anymore. I am refocusing myteaching and research on a systems perspective which can address the complexity and tradeoffs involved in achieving SDGs rather than quick fix solutions.
It is important that we research collective dynamics and collective actionsopposed to individualistic entrepreneurial phenomenon.
In research, we work at the individual (entrepreneur, leader, manager), organizational (start-up, large companies and SMEs) and inter-organizational (networks, supply chains, ecosystems, stakeholder) levels. We take real-life practical issues as a starting point for empirical exploration and analysis, and we often, but not exclusively, practice theory-building based on qualitative material.
We strive to transfer research-related knowledge and outcomes to pedagogy at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels as well as in executive education programs.
Discover some of the programmes offered to students in Business & Society:
On Thursday afternoons, each department regularly invites renowned researchers working in France or abroad to present recent projects at Audencia. The departments also organise internal research seminars, which allow faculty members and PhD students from Rn’B Lab to present and improve their work through discussion with their colleagues.
To strengthen the skills of laboratory members, methodology workshops are held regularly:
Rn’B Lab members actively participate in workshops to strengthen their skills in scientific writing and assessment of academic articles in the English language. Researchers also receive mentoring in a Higher Degree Research (HDR) approach to management science.